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Rehabilitation Programme

KSB is mandated by KSB Act 251 to provide rehabilitation services for the irreversibly blind in Kenya. To do this, KSB works closely with registered civil services organizations (CSOs) in the disability sector and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development which is represented in KSB Council by an appointee of the Permanent Secretary

To effectively offer comprehensive eye care services, KSB’s programmes have a rehabilitation component designed to ensure the totally blind are supported psychosocially, economically, physically to continues with their activities of daily living with minimal dependency in accordance with the WHO’s definition of health. KSB is implementing community based rehabilitation (CBR) programme and is working in partnership with several partners depending on areas of speciality including:

  • Kenyatta National Hospital (biggest referral hospital) – treatment
  • Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) – Training of Pharmacy
  • Kenya Institute for Blind (KIB) – Learning materials
  • Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB) – Economic empowerment
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) – Training of teachers
  • African Braille Center (ABC) – Repair and servicing of Braille machines
  • Daisy Eye Cancer Fund –Treatment of cancer

Persons who are irreversibly blind are trained to be economically productive by being provided with skills towards orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, basic agriculture and business skills training and placement for ICT trainees. This programme is also mandated to ensure the rights and dignity of the visually impaired is guaranteed through lobbying and advocacy work.

This seek to promote acceptance and integration of persons with visual impairment through:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Orientation and Mobility skills
  • Braille literacy
  • Adaptive Computer Training (CAT)
  • Psycho-social Counseling
  • Talent enhancement
  • Job placement for PWVI
  • Transcription services
  • Disability mainstreaming auditing and training
  • Equipping learning institutions with assistive devices
  • Support institutions come up with disability mainstreaming strategic framework, polices and guidelines

Centre for Adaptive Technology (CAT)

The visually impaired and the sighted gain another universal language that helps to enhance their employability. The three to four-months training in JAWS and Magic covers:

  • Introduction to computer and Operating system
  • Microsoft word, Micro soft Excel
  • Microsoft Access, MS Powerpoint
  • Internet

KSB also organizes for in-service CAT training and accommodation services for those in need of hostel facilities. CAT training cost is Ksh 21,000 as of 2015.

KSB also supplies other electronic gadgets such as Brilliant Braille display, Braille Note taker, Wireless Keyboard for use with IPhone or IPad, Eye pal solo reader, embossers among others

Resource Centre

KSB has a one stop shop where all assistive devices can be gotten. This includes:

  • Pre Braille Materials
  • Braille equipment
  • Talking watches and calculators
  • Braille Transcription
  • Braille Watches
  • Mobility canes
  • Other equipment for other disability

Mobility and Daily Living Skills

In order to restore maximum attainable functionality, KSB runs trainings aimed at making the newly blinded persons to be mobile and functional in all aspects of life throughout the year. This includes:

  • Mobility and cane skills
  • Indoor and outdoor activities
  • Protection skills
  • Personal hygiene and grooming skills.

Talking Book Library

This is a vehicle in fight against illiteracy among the visually impaired in Kenya. It serves as an edutainment for the KSB membership. The library has over 1,600 books in form of audio tapes and CD’s. The books are in English featuring exhilarating aspects of life including romance, crime, suspense, biographies, travel, history, and travel among others. The location of the user is not an impediment as books are send via Courier Services thanks to our partnership with G4S. The library is run by expatriates and volunteers from EA Women’s League.

The KSB construction of the Rehabilitation Centre of Excellency

KSB though formed by an Act of Parliament does not receive any funding from the government. KSB depends on partnerships and donor support to achieve her mandate. In 2012 the KSB council approved a construction Project on a 3.4 acre piece of land in Nairobi West. The proposed construction has three Facilities, the Rehabilitation centre and Office Block, Apartments/ Hostels facilities and a commercial centre which will have a food court, swimming pool, conference facilities and Gem with equipment adapted to persons with disability. The project has two objectives:

  • To offer training opportunities to Persons with Visual impairment:

    The Centre of Excellency will offer courses that are specific to persons with visual impairment and is aimed at ensuring that they are absorbed in the current Job market as articulated in the constitution of Kenya that 5% should be persons with disability in all organizations. In addition construction of the hostels and the hotel with sports and conference facility will offer an opportunity for indoors and out door games for persons with disability. This will enable them to compete effectively with other persons with disability at the global arena

  • To enhance programme resources:

    Any income will ensure that KSBs programs are scaled up to the entire country, persons with visual impairment will be able to access the required equipment and materials, capacity building of persons with visual impairment to be able to compete effectively with other people

  • Achieved Milestones in the project:

    1. A Project consultant (architect) with his Technical team have been identified and engagement
    2. The Project designs have been finalized and approved by the City County of Nairobi
    3. NEMA approvals have been obtained
    4. Geo-technical survey undertaken to identify the strength of the soil
    5. Final BOQs and Schedule of materials finalized
    6. Identification of the Marketing, letting and management agency done
    7. Valuation of the land done by Llyod Masika
    8. Feasibility study
    9. Approval from Kenya Airports Authority obtained
    10. Approval of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
    11. Discussions with Identified financial partners ongoing

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